[TV Review] Power Hour – 3.23.91

Commentators: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Remember the 2-23-91 edition of Pro? Let this week’s episode of Power Hour remind you.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Ricky Morton, “Wildfire” Tommy Rich, & The Junkyard Dog

The Lineup

  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Joe Cazana (WCW Pro – 2.23.91)
  • Terrance Taylor vs. Tommy Angel (WCW Pro – 2.23.91)
  • Stan Hansen vs. Jim Boss (WCW Pro – 2.23.91)
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Mark Kyle & Randy Starr (WCW Pro – 2.23.91)
  • SEGMENT: Wrestling News Network w/ Gordon Solie (Eaton/York Foundation feud recap)
  • Tommy Rich vs. Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker (WCW Pro – 2.23.91)
  • The Four Horsemen vs. Ricky Nelson, Joey Maggs, Greg Sawyer, & Keith Hart (WCW Pro – 2.23.91)

*****

“The Natural” Dustin Rhodes vs. Joe Cazana

Ross talks about this past Thursday’s Tokyo show which had a controversial finish that no one wants to go into detail about. They also hype tonight’s World Championship Wrestling show. All this happens while Rhodes takes his sweet time putting away Cazana, showing off his knowledge of various holds before getting the win with a Bulldog. The Natural continues his undefeated streak against esteemed competition. (4:15)

-Ross and Dangerously hype The Four Horsemen in 8-man tag team action on today’s show. Dangerously recaps Brian Pillman’s goal to take out each Horsemen member one by one. GIVE ME THAT MATCH WITH SID.

“The Computerized Man of the 1990s” Terrance Taylor [w/ Alexandra York] vs. Tommy Angel

Taylor comes out to different music and is called “Terry” by the ring announcer, forcing Dangerously to correct this on commentary. The graphic before this match and JIM ROSS HIMSELF also called him Terry but hey whatever, who needs continuity? It’s the little things that drive me crazy, folks. York announces on the house mic that Taylor will defeat Angel in less than 6:30, resuscitating the Michael Wallstreet shtick from the beginning of the year. Honestly if Taylor can’t beat Angel in 6:30 he should be kicked right the f*ck out of the York Foundation. Luckily for Taylor it doesn’t come to that and wins with time to spare using the Five Arm. (3:07)

Tom Zenk immediately attacks after the bell, forcing Taylor and York to retreat.

-Ross and Dangerously hype tomorrow’s Main Event and CONTINUE SAYING TERRY TAYLOR INSTEAD OF TERRANCE TAYLOR. Lots of talk about who Bobby Eaton’s mystery partner could be, hinting at a Midnight Express reunion while throwing a little shade at his former manager Jim Cornette (not by name). Boy are we all going to be disappointed tomorrow night.

Stan ‘The Lariat’ Hansen vs. Jim Boss

Boss stupidly tries to attack Hansen right at the bell. DUMMY. A rematch between he and Vader is still being hyped, but we’ll never see it GODDAMMIT. Hansen mauls Boss, not even bothering to take his vest off or spit out his giant wad of chewing tobacco; he wins with a 450 Splash. Wait sorry I meant a Lariat. I get those two moves mixed up sometimes. (1:37)

-Ross and Dangerously discuss The Steiner Brothers and their tag team dominance.

The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) vs. Mark Kyle & Randy Starr

This was taped before they won both Tag Team Titles, so they’ve only got the U.S. Tag Team belts with them. Imagine being able to start your morning in 1991 with both Stan Hansen and The Steiners mauling jobbers. So cool. Stiff shots, suplexes, and Steinerlines until the champs win with a doomsday bulldog. Rick Steiner FALLS OVER LAUGHING after hitting that move and that’s great. (3:11)

Gordon Solie graces us with his presence for this week’s Wrestling News Network, recapping the feud between Bobby Eaton and The York Foundation/Bobby Landell. Solie then brings up this past Thursday’s Tokyo show, saying that Tatsumi Fujinami got a “raw deal” according to international journalists. Okay.

“Wildfire” Tommy Rich vs. Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker [w/ Lt. James Earl Wright]

Criss-cross to start, Rich settles things down with an armdrag takeover. Parker backs Rich into the corner, Rich escapes a slam attempt and we’re back to the armbar. Parker shoves Rich to the mat but misses an elbowdrop and HEY LOOK ANOTHER ARMBAR. Fancy that. Rich is teaming with Big Josh to take on Ric Flair & Barry Windham tonight on World Championship Wrestling. Shouldn’t he be focused on defending that Six Man Tag Team Championship which TOTALLY EXISTS? Parker catches Rich with a shoulderbreaker but isn’t Papa Shango so it only gets a two-count. Parker with a helluva vertical suplex on Rich, holding him in the air for a few seconds and showing off some strength. Rich tries some corner mount rights, Parker counters with an inverted atomic drop. Rich goes on his comeback string, Wright climbs the apron and gets knocked off, Rich with the Thesz Press for the 1…2…Wright interferes and Rich wins via DQ. Match was fine. (4:18)

Big Josh quickly saves Rich from a State Patrol beatdown with his axhandle. Literal axhandle.

-Dangerously says Big Josh is like a “retarded puppy” which I was NOT READY TO HEAR in 2019 and doesn’t like the example he’s setting for little kids.

-Pillman vs. Sid is announced for the upcoming Meadowlands house show on April 4th. BUTBUTBUT AW MAN.

The Four Horsemen (“Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Barry Windham, & Sid Vicious) [w/ “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson vs. Ricky Nelson, Joey Maggs, Greg Sawyer, & Keith Hart

Anderson is still recovering from a groin injury at the time of this taping so he’s going to watch things from ringside. Cool Zubaz, Enforcer. Despite being down a man it’s the f*cking Horsemen and of course they dominate, though Flair does bump a little bit for the jobbers. Nice of him to do considering he’s the World Champ. Maggs tags in, wanting revenge on Sid for Dixie Dynamite but he most certainly does not get it. Keith Hart does his bump machine thing, taking a belly-to-back suplex ON HIS NECK AND SHOULDER, and Sid gets the win for his team with the Power Bomb. A fun squash, they picked a good crop of bumpers for the Horsemen to wreck. (4:02)

Sid isn’t satiated and gives the other three jobbers a Power Bomb. Each one gets tossed and bounced off the gurney from Sid’s EMT goons, and the satisfied Horsemen leave them to be checked on by officials.

-Ross says that Tatsumi Fujinami is claiming to be World Champion after Thursday’s Japan show, but Ric Flair is currently still the champ. No tape is available for this as it’s on lock down, but we might get to see it on World Championship Wrestling tonight.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Nothing memorable from Power Hour this week unless you’re really invested in a Big Josh/Tommy Rich vs. State Patrol build. The announcers teasing a big story out of the Japan show was a nice touch/way to hype World Championship Wrestling but it all felt vague enough that I’m not sure they fully knew what the story was going to be when this was recorded. Also if these shows don’t get on the same page soon about Terrance Taylor’s name I might scream. Yes I care that much about something that stupid, fight me. Actually don’t fight me I bruise easily.

 

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